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This interesting and popular surname is of medieval English origin. It is a patronymic form of the given name "Nik(ke)", a short form of Nicholas, itself a derivation of the Greek "Nikolaos". This is a compound of the consisting of the elements "nike", meaning 'victory', plus 'laos' - the people. As 'The Victory People' it is not surprising that the name was popular, as this is how the Ancient Greeks saw themselves. The name is found in pre-Conquest England, one 'Nicolaus' being recorded in the 1086 a.d. Domesday Book as holding land before 1066. The surname is first recorded in the early 14th Century (see below) and is also found as Nickson and Nixson, whilst John Nickeson is listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Warwickshire (1332)...

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My GG grandfather Adam Nixon born Parish Denn Cavan 1799,came to New Zealand 1847 with Wife Elizabeth OReilly and children

Derek Nixon

Our Nixon ancestors came from Liddesdale Roxborough,Scotland,and Bewcaqstle, Carlisle. and Dearham,Cumberland from 1571 to 1753 and onwards.

Janice Goldsworthy

My gt-gt-grandfather Adam Nixon, born 1799 in Denn parish, Co Cavan, came to New Zealand in 1847 with his family. His wife was Elizabeth Reilly also born in Cavan. Some other family members went to USA about the same time. Nothing more is known about them.


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